Eight Essential Tips for the Best (Pet-Safe) Halloween Ever!
It’s no secret that Halloween can be a frightful holiday for our pets. But, as a loving and responsible pet owner, it’s important to know what tricks are tempting the fates on this fabulous night. Whether you’re planning on harnessing Time Lord technology to prove that your house really is bigger on the inside for a party of Gallifreyan proportions, or simply taking your four-legged ghoul on a zombie crawl, you’ll want to keep these things to keep in mind:
- Choose a safe, fitted costume – Whether you select that cute costume or a witchy hat for your kitty, make sure the costume is comfortable and does not cover the face or prohibit full movement and mobility.
- No candy, please – Not only is chocolate one of the most common causes of pet poisoning, the lesser known toxic sugar substitute Xylitol is in many candies and gums. Opt for pet-appropriate treats, and keep your pet away from the candy bowl.
- Candles are a no-no – Wagging tails and curious whiskers can lead to accidents, so choose battery-powered lighting for your pumpkin and fireplace.
- Bring outdoor pets inside – In addition to the stressful activity of the neighborhood, pets are sometimes the unfortunate victims of cruel pranks. To keep your pet safe, bring him or her indoors at least a few days before (and after) Halloween, and avoid leaving your dog in the yard, even if it’s fenced.
- Prevent a missing pet incident – Even if your dog loves to greet people at the door, Halloween creates the perfect circumstances for a pet to escape. Keep your pet well away from the hustle and bustle of the front door, and don’t forget to keep ID tags and microchip info current.
- Quiet zone during times of chaos – Many pets are calmer and happier when not in the maelstrom of activity. Provide a quiet, secure room (with treats and toys!) where your pet can relax during the thrills and chills.
- Parties aren’t always the place – From crowded rooms to cups of alcohol, parties generally aren’t the best place for a pet. Open doors, unattended food and candy, loud, and unfamiliar people can be overwhelming for your pet. Consider boarding your pet during your boo-worthy bash.
- Glow sticks are ghoulish – They’re also toxic if ingested. It’s a wise idea to keep all Halloween décor off the floor and out of your pet’s reach.